Ultimately if the steel is a reasonable choice and the maker/manufacturer knows how to get what they want out of it, it doesn't matter. It doesn't bother me to sharpen I knife but I don't like to re-sharpen a knife in the middle of a job. Hence, the second knife. I'm influenced by the super steels just like most of us here. But I have settled on middle range steels now and don't seek things like 3V or whatever. I see the new Spydie in a what is supposed to be a great steel and I just think my regular Native 5 is just fine. The one thing that doesn't excite me are makers that use truck springs or steel scrap to make their knives. Just doesn't do it for me.